The Cycles (Part Seven)
“Nine” Part Series
LET’S MEET THE CHARACTERS
God’s character and the gift of His salvation absolutely contradict and obliterate everything in the shame message that says you are defective, unworthy, unloved, or unaccepted. Instead of the normal outside sources, we now have a brand-new source. God has now become the irrefutable source of all truth messages about you. God stands declaring his thoughts and emotions about you to you—a wounded and hurting person. His posture is one of compassion, grace, and complete forgiveness. Even though you are faced with outside sources that continue to shame you, you have a new source that brags about you. He is a great healer of all emotions in your soul. You are His and no one can steal you away from Him.
God sent His Son for you because He loves you. And because He sent His Son for you, His Holy Spirit is now dwelling in you. He will dwell with you always and forevermore! His presence in you is the one constant in a turbulent and noisy world. The Holy Spirit is called the comforter and helper because we are in need of comfort and help.
All of your guilt is gone through Jesus’ sacrifice. The penalty that you would have to pay has been paid, and paid in full. You have been rescued from death, and life is now yours. It is all about Jesus’ ultimate death and resurrection. What a new source we have!
The new source has released a new message about you that is eternal! You are completely and utterly loved and accepted. You are fully loveable and fully acceptable! God actually enjoys you! Any laws you tried to keep would not have achieved this. You are a brand-new creation—clean, fresh, whole, lacking in nothing. You are now His heir. It is now time to agree and remember the truth of who you are. Peter clearly reminds us to keep remembering who we are.
So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have. I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body, because I know that I will soon put it aside, as our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me. And I will make every effort to see that after my departure you will always be able to remember these things (2 Peter 1:12-15 NIV).
Therefore, your fight is no longer the need to produce good enough behaviors, but is characterized by believing what is true about you according to what God says and has done. When we agree with the truth that God declares over our lives, we will begin to see consistent behaviors.
Your behavior is now consistently aligning with the message of what God has said about you. Now your behaviors are experiencing the process of transformation.
Look at the illustration below. Where do the arrows go from consistent behavior? They go into the mind, causing deeper transformation.
This process is the renewing of your mind. Paul emphasizes this in Romans 12:2.
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will (Romans 12:2 NIV).
We have a new way of thinking, processing, and choosing life. Paul speaks in Galatians:
If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit (Galatians 5:25 NASB).
In other words, if God’s Spirit is now our source from which we get life from, let us continue to walk this way.
Look for The Cycles (Part Eight) post tomorrow.